Retrospectives – Not Just a Team Thing

How often do you take a moment for a personal retrospective?

I try to do this every three months or so and I’ve found this practice to be very revealing and helpful for both my work and my life.

A personal retro  is no different than a team retro:

  1. Start with what happened (collect the data)
  2. Categorize, identify highs and lows, prioritize (curate the data)
  3. Take a moment to analyze and understand what made the highs so good and the lows so difficult (analyze the data)
  4. Take a moment to acknowledge the commitment and effort you put towards your work and life. Consider actions that wish to take towards improvement moving forward (acknowledge and take action)

I’ve learned that taking on the practice of personal retro, over time naturally leads you into a set of personal principles and values – indeed, the practice helps to develop a personal vision for your work and life. Even better, the practice ensures that the principles, values and vision that you live by are continuously improving.

Introducing… InsideOutAgile

It’s been 4 years since I created my very first blog entry on this site. At that time, I was a software developer, Lean & Agile practitioner and aspiring coach at Corel Corporation. Quite frankly, I had no idea of the many adventures that awaited me in the years ahead.

4 years ago… I had no idea that I would soon work closely with a team of bright developer consultants in order help client teams deliver software. I also had no plans to become an executive – to suddenly find my own path and growth into management and leadership. And yet – through long hours spent inside and outside work – all these things came to be…

So much change. None of it planned for or anticipated.

Along the way, there emerged a core pattern in my practice to help teams deliver impactful high quality iterative solutions using the values, principles, and practices from UX, Lean, and Agile. It is based on this core pattern that I am taking this next step into entrepreneurship…

The only way to truly embrace change is from the inside out.

For individuals, this means the ability to become aware of our own blindspots – working inside out means that we are able to observe and adapt to these blindspots with skill and intention.

For teams and organizations, this means developing the system that will support delivery of work effectively and collectively – working inside out means that the team is able to surface and govern for themselves the key principles and practices they will need in order to succeed.

It is with a humble and grateful heart that I bring InsideOutAgile to the world. I look forward to building stories of individual, team and organizational success and growth with you.

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